, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 8 – Police say additional officers have been deployed to Hindi in Lamu to assist in the hunt for gunmen behind Monday night attack on a Kenya Police Reserve Camp just days after 12 people were killed in a raid in the area.
Robert Kitur, a senior officer involved in the operation, told Capital FM News that they suspect the gunmen behind Monday’s attack are linked to Saturday’s raid.
He said the gunmen were heavily armed and engaged officers on the scene in a gun battle before eventually overpowering them and going on to torch offices and vehicles in the camp located within Amu ranch.
The number of casualties is yet to be established.
Monday night’s attack followed the killing of over 20 people in Lamu and Tana Counties on Saturday by suspected members of the Mombasa Republican Council.
“An armed group of about 30 to 50 attacked police officers who were manning Gamba Police station there was a fierce shootout and one group of attackers sneaked and killed 5 people who were being held in one of the cells and one officer died while trying to engage one of the attackers, two other received injuries,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi told journalists on Saturday of the Tana killings.
On visiting the scenes of crime on Sunday, Deputy President William Ruto directed the police to apprehend those behind the heinous attacks, “dead or alive.”
The Gamba and Hindi killings were preceded by the killing of about 65 people again in Lamu County’s area of Mpeketoni in what were initially believed to be terror attacks but later attributed to political incitement by the Executive.
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Attacks that led to the arrest and arraignment of Lamu Governor Issa Timamy on charges of murder, forceful eviction and terrorism before his eventual release on a Sh5 million bail.